Energy saving tips

There are many things you can do to help save energy and money in your home

Heating and Water

  • Turn your heating down by 1°C.
  • Use your central heating timer to turn heating on and off and not the thermostat.
  • Keep your radiators clear. For example, do not put a large sofa in front of the radiator as it will absorb a lot of the heat.
  • For properties with high ceilings, placing a shelf just above the radiator helps to deflect the heat into the centre of the room rather than it drifting straight up to the ceiling.
  • Put radiator panels behind radiators fixed to external walls to help reflect the heat back into the room.
  • Use thermal or heavy curtains during the winter and close them at dusk. This will help stop heat escaping through the windows.
  • Remove all draughts around the house to help stop the heat from escaping.
  • Use letter box covers and key hole covers to help minimise draught.
  • Installing loft insulation could save around £145 a year.
  • Fit double glazing to reduce heat loss through windows.
  • Try to limit electric showers to 10 minutes or invest in a shower monitor to keep an eye on how much hot water you’re using.
  • Make sure the water immersion tank is insulated. This will help keep the water hot for a longer period.

Cooking

  • Only fill the kettle with as much water as you actually need.
  • When boiling vegetables use just enough water to keep them covered.
  • Use the kettle to boil water for cooking, instead of heating a pan on the stove. Not only will this be more efficient, but it generally takes less time too.
  • Always use the right size of pan for your cooking ring and put a lid on it. This will help save energy as it will cook quicker.
  • Make sure the gas flame only heats the bottom of the pan. This will help save gas and also stops the handle from getting hot and burning your hand.
  • Make sure taps are fully turned off after use. This will help save both water and gas.
  • Use a microwave or a pressure cooker instead of the oven as they should cook food quicker.
  • A steamer or segmented pan means you can cook several types of vegetables on one ring.
  • Don’t keep the oven door open for too long when it is in use.
  • Switch off the oven sooner, as some dishes will cook while the oven is cooling.
  • If you do not use the clock on your microwave turn it off when not in use.

Laundry

  • Always use a full load in a washing machine.
  • Use an economy programme on your washing machine whenever possible.
  • If the weather is fine, dry your laundry outside instead of using the tumble dryer.
  • As tempting as it is, don’t dry clothes on the radiators. It makes your boiler work harder than it needs to.
  • Keep filters clean in your tumble dryer.
  • Use Eco Balls in the tumble dryer. They make gaps in the washing to allow the heat to move more freely so clothes will dry quicker.